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Create Layout Designs From Scraps – Paperclipping 272

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Would you sometimes love to scrapbook mindlessly?

No thinking, just doing?

Well, I can’t promise NO thinking, but I can suggest a way to do very little of it for the ultimate in scrapbooking relaxation.

It also involves using your scraps, so this method will give you more use out of your favorite papers, in addition to a cushier, more self-replenishing scrap experience.

Imagine sitting down and simply pulling from the top of a pile of scraps to create beautiful layers with lots of different patterns and colors you love…which sums up this method that I want to share with you today.

I demonstrated it twice with two scrapbook pages in today’s new Paperclipping video. You’ll get all the different tips you need to build a layout from scraps with very little taxing of the brain for ideas.

The video is waiting for you in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

If you’re not a member, please click here to see how easy it is to get started!

Repetition Do’s and Don’ts – Paperclipping 270

Thursday, July 30th, 2015


Want to master a design principle?

Repetition is one of the key ways to creating a feeling of harmony in your layouts. But there are some things to watch for.

In the newest video tutorial of Paperclipping I shared some Do’s and Don’ts for how to use repetition in several different ways without making the page monotonous.

I shared two older pages — one that demonstrated a “Don’t,” and another that is definitely a “Do,” as well as a good example of how to fix the problem of the first page.

Then I assembled two more pages, working with those Do’s and Don’ts of repetition until my pages had a feeling of harmony.

See the sneak peek above?

Does it feel harmonious to you?

See how to do it in this newest episode of Paperclipping!

Note: You must be a Paperclipping Member to watch this video.

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How to Pick and Mix Products for Kits – Paperclipping 269

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Would you love to be able to mix patterns together into an awesome-looking coordinated group?

Whether you want to mix patterns for a single layout, or as a kit that will coordinate an entire scrapbook album, there are things you should understand about color…

Three Important Things to Understand About Color

A single hue can have many different versions. There are three things that decide how a single hue, such yellow, will actually look. Knowing what these are can help you better understand how to mix and use color.

1. Tonality (tone) – Tone refers to how light or dark a color is. Color is made lighter with white and darker with black. The paper on the far left with the lines of triangles shows a variety of tonalities of the same colors (turquoise, green, and yellow):
See the different versions of yellow? They are the same yellow except in terms of their tone, which changes from light to dark. Same with the turquoise and green.

It’s easy to mix a variety of tones of the same color in your kits without running into any matching difficulties. In fact, variation in tonality is a really good idea, so go ahead and mix lights and darks of the same color.

2) Temperature – The temperature of a color depends on how warm or cool it is, which depends on how much yellow or blue has been blended into it. The pink and mustard stripe on the left in this picture below is very warm. The paper with the spokes on the right is cooler (though not totally cold because it has both warms and cools).
We typically say the warm colors are red, orange, and yellow, and the cool colors are green, blue, and purple, but that is not entirely correct. You can actually get warmer and cooler versions of every color. It is okay to have some cools and some warms together in a single kit, but it’s a little trickier than mixing a variety of tones.

3) Vibrancy – Vibrancy has to do with how bright or muted a color is. It is very hard to mix vibrancy within a color grouping and get it right, so if you are newer at color, it’s easier to stick with colors of the same vibrancy.

The spokes in the paper above are very vibrant, but the blue background is muted. They work well together because their temperatures are similar. The muted blue works well with that tiny bit of eggplant just to the left of it because they have a similar vibrancy and their temperature is not too different. Their tones are very different from each other — remember, it’s good to have a variety of tones.

But the paper with the spokes and the paper with the pink and mustard stripes are horrible together. They have very little in common — their vibrancy is opposite, their temperatures are different. There just aren’t enough similarities to unite them.

It is possible to have both muted and bright colors within a group (as you can see that it works in the paper with the vibrant spokes but muted background color), and the sooner you master temperature, the sooner you’ll be able to mix vibrancy well.

Most Common Color Problems

When scrapbookers come to me with color challenges on their layouts, the most common problem I see is vibrancy mixes that don’t work. The second most common problem is that the colors are not balanced across the page.

You learn it by seeing it.

  • Would you like to see me take a big mix of papers from different designers and different years and put them together into a beautiful and exciting kit?
  • Want to see examples of papers that work well together and papers that don’t?
  • Do you want tips for making the process easier?
  • Would it help you to see me create a style-vibe for a kit?

Today we released a new video that takes you through my process of making a coordinated kit for an entire album. You’ll not only see these color principles at work, but you’ll also see the inspiration behind achieving a specific style with variety. You’ll see pattern-mixing, choosing or eliminating papers, and you’ll see me assemble a layout from the new kit.
This video is for Paperclipping Members and is available the Member’s Area.

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Shine On,

Not Too Big, Not Too Small, Just Right – Paperclipping 268

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


Did you know that a slight size adjustment in your decorative items can make the difference between a page that looks finished and harmonious, and a page that doesn’t quite?

  • If an important embellishment is slightly big, it overpowers our photos and makes the page fill crammed and lacking breathing room.
  • If it’s too small, the page feels awkward and unfinished. The items on the page look disconnected and seem to be floating.

To show the difference size can make, and to help you identify when something is even just a little too small or big, I made multiple cuts of embellishments with my Cameo and compared them on pages I was making so you can actually see the difference between items that are just right, and items that aren’t up to size.

Hopefully by seeing these comparisons you will feel more empowered as you lay out your pages.

We uploaded this video tutorial to the Member’s Area an on iTunes today.

If you’re not a member, CLICK HERE for info!

Shine On,

The Dynamic Line Flexible Template, Part 2 – Paperclipping 267

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

What can you do with a single Flexible Template?

You can make an inexhaustible number of layouts that look very different.

But if I show you closeups of the template on two different pages, you might see that both layouts started from a single idea. Look below…



Do you see it? The idea that started each of these layouts is what I call the Dynamic Line Flexible Template.

I’ve used it a lot.

My Flexible Templates are not actually full templates for a page (such as a sketch). Each template is just a general design idea to get you started on a solid design foundation, but the details are all up to you and can vary with each page:

  • Photo count – use as many or few as your story needs.
  • Page count – single or double page layout…it’s up to you.
  • Page size – 6×8, 8.5×11, 12×12…the templates work with any size you can imagine.
  • Title placement – the size of your letters and the colors on your page play a major role in where a title will look best on any given page, so my templates don’t dictate title placement.
  • Papers – your own personal style and story will factor in where and how much you want to layer or not layer. The templates leave you free to be you.
  • Details – because you can take your layout is so many different directions with a Flexible Template, additional detailing, like embellishments, can vary just as much.

For example, on the first layout pictured above I used eleven different scraps and blocks of papers in layers on top of the background paper, whereas on the second layout I only used two. And on another page I made with this template, I didn’t add any layers of paper to the background at all.

In Part One of the Dynamic Line Flexible Template video I made two layouts with photos from the same event, with the same exact color scheme, and even most of the products were the same or from the same package.

Why would I do that? Because I wanted to show you how a few minor differences made the pages different enough.

So imagine what variety you can get by using different colors, products, and pictures from different events. That is what I demonstrated in this Part Two episode.

My Flexible Templates get you started on a page design (because starting can be the hardest part), but they give you as much flexibility and room for creativity as you want.

Design with Lines

Did you know that some lines will move your eye around the page quickly, while others give you a sense of slow, steady stability?

Lines are a big deal. They play a major role in how a person feels and where they look when viewing your pages.

Because line is an essential part of the Dynamic Line Flexible Template, I took this episode as an opportunity to demonstrate how to make these two very different types of lines, and to show you how those lines make you feel.

You must be a member to watch this very packed episode.

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You will find the new video in the Member’s Area and on iTunes in the Member feed.

Shine On,

Diagonal Designs – Paperclipping 241

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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Have you been noticing diagonal, or angled, layouts recently?

I’ve noticed a few.

It’s a small trend that’s had a resurgence. It won’t be a big trend. It’s more like a little bump. But it’s fun to shake things up and do something different than you normally would. So I did three layouts where the designs are all tilted at an angle. I love all but one of them.

What’s wrong with the one?

Actually, I mostly love it. If I had set it straight instead of angled, it would be close to perfect for me, but it’s the angle that is bothering, and it solidified what I already believed…

When making diagonal layouts, the elements on your page should follow the diagonal line from end to end.

Your items need to emphasize the diagonal.

I knew this at the start, but when it came time for me to do this third layout, the items I wanted to use worked better by circling the focal point photo — not following the diagonal and not extending end to end.

Here’s a closeup of the way my items circled the main photo, as opposed to they way the emphasize the diagonal in the layout above.

Diagonal_Designs 2

What happens to a diagonal layout when the items do not reach end to end, nor form a line (including loose, implied lines) in the direction of the diagonal? Your diagonal line is weak, so it looks like you accidentally placed things crooked.

The layout I show in the image at the top of of post totally works, even though the items don’t form a strong obvious line. The line is loose and implied because I used lots of little items instead of of a strong clean line, but it is still a definite line, so it works to make a clear diagonal.

For the layout that didn’t work, I normally would have changed my design idea and made my elements straight instead of diagonal, but since I was finishing up a layout for a video on diagonal design, I gave the diagonal a shot, and failed just a little. :)

Here’s what I learned a day later when I took a second look, on top of what I already knew about diagonals: If your items aren’t emphasizing the diagonal by following the angled line, then they compete with the angle. This means your angle is watered down, and it looks crooked instead of purposely diagonal.

Are you a visual person who wants to see it in action?

You can see me put together all 3 layouts, beginning to end, in a video I just added to the membership library.

You’ll need to have your membership to get into the library or to get the video from iTunes.

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Are you ready to try a diagonally designed layout yourself?

Shine On,

A Process for Project Life – Paperclipping 234

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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Do you ever feel like you’re battling with Project Life?

I know Project Life is designed to make scrapbooking simple, fast, and easy. And I believe it does that for people who have not been scrapbooking a whole lot like you and I have.

When I look back on the years I’ve tried on and off to do PL, I realize I’ve been battling with it —

  • battling with its colored cards to keep everything from looking chaotic and disjointed
  • battling with the pocket orientations
  • battling with the time it takes to get it done

But the battle is over.

Over the past year I’ve figured out solutions to all these problems and I want to share them with you. These tips are not rules and they’re not the only way to make your Project Life pages look awesome. These are the tactics I’ve come to love as the way that I make the pages attractive, while letting my photos shine, and still keeping it simple and manageable.

Three Tips for Minimizing Chaos with Project Life

(For the scrapbooker like you and me, who may be a bit of an over-achiever when it comes to memory-keeping).

1. Limit Color

Here are options for how to use color that have consistently given me Project Life pages I love…

  1. Use one color per 2-page spread.
  2. Use two colors in small amounts as accents, with black and white being dominant.

I’m not referring to the photos here. I’m talking about the cards, papers, and accents. In the image above from my video tutorial, you can see that I did the two-color accent option, with black and white being dominant. It’s fresh and energetic, but doesn’t distract from the photos.

2. Use the same 3×4 card across your spread.

I got this idea from my favorite pages in Izzy’s Project Life album and I shared an idea for doing it with washi tape from my December Project Life pages as a way to reduce chaos.

If you have more than two or three journal cards across a spread, you’ll want to break up the repetition with one contrasting card for variation to make it look interesting. Here’s why this looks so good (in addition to keeping it simple and easy!)…

  • It unifies the page.
  • It leads the eye across the page.
  • It won’t compete with your photos.

When you vary each card, especially if they’re all a different color or design, you’re adding contrast. Everything that contrasts is trying to get your attention.

What happens when you have lots of different kids all trying to get your attention? Overwhelming? Yeah — that’s how those pages can feel, too.

3. Use embellishments as a solution, not a problem.

Don’t add embellishments only for the sake of adding embellishments. That leads to all kinds of problems and frustration. Think of embellishments as a way to solve design problems. You’ll still have pretty pages and embellishing, but you won’t overdo it and make your pages chaotic.

Need help with some of these Project Life problems?

You can see it all in action on video! I made a tutorial this week where I go through a month of pages (3.5 spreads), and show you how to do all three of these tips, plus additional ones!

It is because of these tips that my most challenging page ended up being my favorite.

I also share my process for completing a month in a quick, simple way that still leads to attractive pages.

You must be a Paperclipping Member to watch the video.

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Members can watch the video in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Shine On,

Nine Great Places to Create Layers and Gatherings

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

You Are My Sunshine (closeup)

Do you love layers and gatherings of embellishments on your scrapbook pages?

Want to know some good places to put them? There are lots of great places. Here are nine I’ve used lately, along with a few tips for creating attractive and intriguing layers!

Click to read more…

Gathering to Make Lines – Paperclipping 227

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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Want another fresh design idea that you can use in a whole bunch of new ways?

Well, we do embellishment gatherings all the time, where we cluster embellishments into a spot. Let’s take the idea of gathering items together, but instead, we’ll gather with the purpose of forming lines.

Lines are amazing elements of design because you can use them to anchor your photos and embellishments, and prevent them from appearing like they’re floating. You can also use lines to lead the eye to important spots, such as your main photo.

What kinds of things can you gather into lines? Almost anything…

  • scraps
  • embellishments of all kinds
  • border strips
  • tags
  • labels
  • frames
  • ribbons
  • rub-on’s
  • flowers

I think I’ve gathered all of these at one time or another.

Gathering a whole bunch of a single type of item makes a big statement. It has a lot of impact.

So instead of taking that sheet of labels and using them one by one on various pages, try using all of them in a line gathering on one page in a line that intersects with your focal point photo. It can look really cool, while anchoring your photo at the same time.

Need to see it in action?

I just released a video where I made line gatherings out of the first three items in the list above. In this video you get to see me assemble three different scrapbook layouts, each with its own line gathering.

This video is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes. You must be a Paperclipping Member to get the video.

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Shine On,

How to Balance Color Across the Page – Paperclipping 226

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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There are so many reasons a layout might feel off.

A common one is that the color is not balanced across the page.

Any time you add an item to your page, you need to repeat that color in a couple different ways:

  1. across the page
  2. up-and-down the layers

How do you do that?

Well, let’s say you have aqua on the side of your page. You need to add aqua somewhere across the page at least once, though often twice. And if you add multiple layers of other colors on top of the aqua, then your aqua is in that bottom layer and you’ll need to add more aqua somewhere in a top layer.

If the various colors aren’t spread out in multiple places, then items look random and call way too much attention to themselves. When you find yourself continuously drawn to an item and you feel the slightest hint of discomfort, then you know that the item isn’t fitting in with the rest of the page in a balanced way.

Want to see how it all works in action? Want to see how to tell when it’s all balanced, and when it’s not?

I made a single page layout and a two-page layout step-by-step in a video. You’ll get to see how color can get off-balance and then balanced again with every additional item. You’ll see ways to fix a color balance problem. You’ll see the difference between getting it and not getting it, and you’ll be better able to spot the problems next time.

This video is now in the Member’s Area and in the Member’s iTunes feed.

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